Lyme Regis Museum's £798k lottery grant
PUBLISHED: 06:59 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 08 October 2015
Mary Anning Wing project given major cash boost
Lyme Regis Museum has won a massive £798,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards its Mary Anning Wing project.
The project aims to provide the charity organisation with a new fossil gallery and learning space, as well as providing a larger shop and a lift and visitor toilets that the museum currently lacks.
The Mary Anning Wing, a modern extension to the museum’s charming 1902 building, will enable the museum to extend its free education service for local schools, work more closely with local community groups and make Lyme’s fascinating history more accessible.
It will also enable the museum to host more events, improve the offer to Lyme’s many tourists, as well as working with larger museums and universities to encourage the study of the resort’s unique geology.
Lyme Regis Museum is built on the site of the home of Mary Anning, the world’s first great fossil hunter and early scientist. Situated at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, the museum has a spectacular collection of local fossils and runs very popular fossil walks on the same beaches that Mary Anning walked 200 years ago.
The museum currently has 100 volunteers without whom the museum could not operate.
Director David Tucker said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Our museum is bursting at the seams and we’ll be able to do so much more for so many more people, both local and tourists.
“We want to play a major role in supporting Lyme’s schools and community groups and the Mary Anning Wing will allow us to do just that.”